In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!'” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ’em out!
Last year I did this as a three-parter, but with the success of the new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, I thought it made sense to reprint this baby, only as a single post (over three pages). In this installment, we’ll look at the introductions of all the major agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. over the past fifty years!
First off, a big chunk of the notable S.H.I.E.L.D. agents all debuted in the same issue, Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandoes #1. This issue gave us Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones and more…
Secondly, Sharon Carter, Tony Stark, Norman Osborn and Steve Rogers’ first appearances won’t be detailed here. They’re either too famous or too tied in with other character’s continuity to show up here.
It is kind of funny how there were basically three Directors of SHIELD for the first thirty years of the Marvel Universe (and one of them, Fury’s predecessor, was never really shown) but since the 1990s, there have been about 312. Give or take a few.
One of the first new Directors of SHIELD was G.W. Bridge, an old friend of Cable who was now hunting X-Force down in X-Force #1…
Maria Hill is probably the most prominent of the non-Nick Fury Directors (at least as far as “prominently known as a SHIELD agent, unlike Iron Man, Cap, etc.). She was originally supposed to debut at the end of Brian Michael Bendis’ mini-series Secret War, but delays changed it so that Bendis had to introduce her before that series ended. So she made her bow in New Avengers #4…
Finally, one of the odder “Directors” of SHIELD, Daisy “Quake” Johnson never really seemed to get much traction as the Director of SHIELD. I think it just sort of seemed odd to other writers, particularly when Maria Hill was available to use. This is not to knock Daisy as a character, as she’s neat, she just seemed odd as a DIRECTOR of SHIELD.
She first debuted in the second issue of the aforementioned Secret War mini-series (that mini-series ended up having a major impact on the Marvel Universe), as the SHIELD agent assigned a group of superhero agents on a mission to Latveria…
On the next page, we’ll look at some notable agents who did not become Director of SHIELD!
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